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Summer 2015
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Record Fulbright Year Led by 15 Arts and Letters Students
Fifteen Notre Dame students who studied in the College of Arts and Letters have received grants from the Fulbright program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. A total of 18 students were named Fulbright finalists—the most grantees the University has ever had. Read More >


History Alumnus Gives $25 Million for Academic Building
A $25 million gift from alumnus Richard Corbett will underwrite the construction of a 280,000-square-foot building on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium. Corbett Family Hall will house the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology and a digital media center. Read More >


Researchers in New Center Awarded $3.1 Million Grant to Study Virtues in Science
A team of researchers has been awarded a $3.1 million Templeton Religion Trust grant to examine how concrete practices of science relate to what theologians and philosophers consider “virtues” and how that connects with other areas of scientists’ lives. The endeavor is a key component of Notre Dame’s new Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing. Read More >


In Memoriam: Robert Pierce Sedlack Jr., Professor of Visual Communication Design
Robert Sedlack, professor of visual communication design, died May 30 in his sleep at his home in South Bend. He was 47. “Robert Sedlack was a visionary leader in the graphic design program at Notre Dame,” said Richard Gray, chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. “Our university has lost an incredible colleague, teacher, mentor, and friend.” Read More >


Anthropologist and Theologian Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Study Human Distinctiveness
With a $1.8 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, two Notre Dame professors will lead the Human Distinctiveness Project, seeking to advance research at the intersection of theology and evolutionary anthropology. Read More >


Researcher Awarded $3.5 Million to Test New Math Education Method
Nicole McNeil, the ACE Associate Professor of Psychology, has received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The funding will allow a large-scale trial of an educational intervention McNeil and her team have developed to boost math learning by helping students grasp the concept of mathematical equivalence. Read More >


Maura Ryan Appointed Vice President, Associate Provost
Maura A. Ryan, associate dean for the humanities and faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Letters, has been appointed vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University. Read More >


Alumna Translates Liberal Arts Degree Into International Business Career
When Wendy Wang ’06 came to Notre Dame, she was focused on pursuing a career in academia. But when her plans changed, her liberal arts training moved with her. The skills she developed in the College of Arts and Letters have served her well in the business world, including in her current role as vice president at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm. Read More >


Video: Class of 2015 Reflects on the Value of the Liberal Arts
Screened at the Arts and Letters Diploma Ceremony, this video features several seniors discussing their time at Notre Dame and the impact of their education in the College of Arts and Letters. Read More >


FTT Alumnus to Launch Kids Web Series After Winning Mister Rogers Award
Eugene Staples has a vision: Entertainment can be more than a distraction—it can be an inspiration. It can teach kids how to be better people. It can make the world a better place. That sense of responsibility—the desire to make things that make an impact—was sparked at Notre Dame, and was recognized this spring by the Television Academy Foundation, which honored him with a Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Read More >


Sociology Course Helps Students Prepare for International Field Research
Undergraduate research projects are transformed from broad ideas to focused realities in International Research Design, a new course developed by Erin Metz McDonnell, the Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology. The class covered the fundamental elements of an international research project, from conception to execution. Read More >



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Institute for Latino Studies to Co-host Supreme Court Justice’s Campus Visit

Saturday Scholar Series 2015 Lineup

Anthropology Ph.D. Program Builds Strong Reputation in First Year

LEO Receives $435,000 NIH Grant to Study Impact of Community College Intervention Program

Film Professor Elected President of Society for Cinema & Media Studies

Research Interests Take English Major Austin Hagwood Across Globe

Philosopher Charles Camosy ’97 Tackles Life’s Big Questions

Video: Irish Major Interns at National Folklore Collection in Dublin

Alumni Honored for Public and Community Service

Department of English Hires Scholar of African American Literature

Medical Anthropologist Joins Notre Dame Faculty

Video: Meet Brian Credo, Glynn Scholar and Classics Major

Historian’s Book Offers New View of Turbulent Times for Mexico

Theatre Alumnus Jack Blakey Appointed to Federal Judgeship

Video: Economist Ruediger Bachmann on Understanding Uncertainty

Graduate Wins Prestigious Native American Internship in Washington, D.C.

Video: Theologian Gary Knoppers on the Origins of an International Judaism

Q&A with Joyelle McSweeney, Creative Writing Program Director

In Memoriam: Josephine Massyngbaerde Ford, Professor Emerita of Theology

Video: French, History Major Spends Summer Studying Diderot in Paris

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